A work in progress. Explaining words and phrases that I often use. Noting new and interesting ideas. Discussing certain verbal warning signs. There’s no political correctness here.Use the pull down menu above. Underlined links will open the tag or category page. Offsite links will open a new window.
paganBack before Christianity was the dominant faith in the Western World, there wasn't a concept such as "pagan." You either worshiped the gods or you did not. The choice of whether to worship, how much to worship, and which gods to worship was entirely up to you. Of course, you got to deal with the consequences if you fell out of favor with the Divine, but that was a given.
In the last few years, I've preferred not to capitalize the word "pagan." It's not really a proper noun, it's not named after a specific Diety or person.
pagan of color
From what I’ve seen, this is a way to celebrate victimhood and demand extra privileges by oh-so-carefully defining a minority within a minority and demanding even more special treatment and deference than the original minority would have received. And the original minority is supposed to stand aside because the "concerns" of the special minority come first always. It all depends on guilt and pity. Without guilt, there would be no power, no privileges, no special treatment, and no deference.
Remember the important thing here is that as long as someone defines themselves as a anything of color, they will never be considered a "real" thing. It's doesn't matter if it's "pagan of color," "woman of color," or "bus driver of color." They will always be less than is expected of the label, and that is deliberate. They always have an excuse that shifts responsibility from themselves to society.
And since they are a minority's minority, they can never be a fully human adult either. Nor can the "majority" be allowed to escape it's guilt. See also kafkatrapping.
❝I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character❞
— Rev. Martin Luthor King, Jr., I Have A Dream
pantheisticI believe the Universe and natural law are themselves manifestations of the Divine. There's a lot of crossover with some Gnostic beliefs here. Pantheism as a term dates back only to about the 17th Century and described certain Christian cult practices, so that is not surprising.
My paranoid version of the Golden Rule is a little more blunt, “Don’t do it if you don’t want it done to you.” See also allies not servants
parlor❝parlour (ˈpɑːlə) or parlor n
1. (Architecture) old-fashioned a living room, esp one kept tidy for the reception of visitors
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a reception room in a priest's house, convent, etc
3. a small room for guests away from the public rooms in an inn, club, etc
4. (Commerce) chiefly US and Canadian and NZ a room or shop equipped as a place of business: a billiard parlor.
5. (Commerce) Caribbean a small shop, esp one selling cakes and nonalcoholic drinks
6. (Agriculture) Also called: milking parlour a building equipped for the milking of cows
[C13: from Anglo-Norman parlur, from Old French parleur room in convent for receiving guests, from parler to speak; see parley]❞
❝parlor [pahr-ler] noun
1. Older Use. a room for the reception and entertainment of visitors to one's home; living room.
2. a room, apartment, or building serving as a place of business for certain businesses or professions: funeral parlor; beauty parlor.
3. a somewhat private room in a hotel, club, or the like for relaxation, conversation, etc.; lounge.
4. Also called locutorium. a room in a monastery or the like where the inhabitants may converse with visitors or with each other.❞
An appeal to passion and emotion. See also ethos, logos, rhetoric, and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modes_of_persuasion
— Research inspired by an entry at Chas Clifton's Letter from Hardscrabble Creek
❝1. the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.
3. Obsolete. suffering.❞
pendantOn the High Holidays and Solar Festivals, I wear a tree of life pendant. I wear a different pendant during the Lady in the Court of Shadows, another for the waxing moon phases, another during the Lady in the Court of Stars, and still another for the waning moon phases. I sometimes change when I am doing certain healing work.
People of the BookFollowers of a revealed faith provided by a holy book. The Book is the Way. They wait for the wisdom and experience and ethics to be poured into their minds so they can think the Right Thoughts and perform the Right Action. Many never move beyond this passivity. The ones who do move are worth talking to, the others just keep reciting the same dogma and doctrine. See Story People
perihelion❝the instant when a planet is closest to the Sun❞
perigee❝the instant when the Moon is closest to Earth❞
Specific situation with limited time and resources. Will probably need to be reinforced later. It’s something like rigging a temporary replacement for the a car fan belt. It might work for a bit, but it needs extra attention soon
Communal, brotherly love. To me, this is the kind of thing that happens when you talk about matters great and small around a campfire. Philos, philosopher. Obviously I value this kind of love. Sadly, it's one of the things that there is all too little of in my life. One of the Greek ideals of love. See love
For the benefit of humanity. It's become a cliche, but these days we hear of public philanthropy, we wonder what they are hiding. The ancients certainly didn't think like that, to their mind, it brought honor. One of the Greek ideals of love. See love
philautiaSelf-love. The healthier variety expands your ability to experience the other kinds of love. One of the Greek ideals of love. See love
pilgrim(depreciated) For a while I used this word for People of the Book. It caused too much misunderstanding
What do we talk about after fucking? I prefer the Greek ideals of love. Any relationship that has only one dimension of love is doomed. Two is a bare minimum, three is just about right. The more dimensions of love you share means the more directions that you can move together. See love
❝( 19c. ) Helmet-shaped hat of English army in India. Made from pith of the Indian spongewood tree, covered with white cotton and faced with green cloth. Originally worn in tropical regions as protection from the sun. worn by polo players in the 20c.❞
pizza thresholdThe point in a conversation where it dawns on you that the solution to many of life’s problems and the answers to many philosophical questions can be found in pizza and the nature of pizza. Lack of sleep may generate a false pizza threshold.
playganI think the playgans do it more for the shock value. It's not about what they are, it's about how many of your buttons they can push. And then they go back to their lives and no one knows how secretly naughty they've been.
Sometimes it's polyester playgan.
political ghoulsThose using tragedy for political opportunity
One of my darker passions. I follow political discussions and theory. I am better at behind the scenes politics and power games than any amateur has a right to be when I do practice. It gives me a thrill. I enjoy tying my opponent into semantic knots.
But here’s the thing. Politics is about control. It always has been. At the national level politics is about control backed by force.
These days I don’t indulge my political passions unless it is in the cause of liberty. I don’t do it unless the other party stepped over a line. If it’s “for their own good,” you’re lying to them and yourself. See also “Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?”
A committed romantic relationship between more than two partners. There's a difference between anonymous or ultra-casual sex and polyamory.
➣ definition from the Polyamory Society
➣ definition from Wikipedia
➣ definition from Dictionary.com
➣ definition from the Urban Dictionary
➣ definition from Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
polytheisticI recognize many faces of the Divine.
Using pity to evoke sympathy and control another. Common side effect of depression. Since our culture currently celebrates victimhood, this behavior can be easily encouraged and rewarded. I try to avoid that these days
portico❝a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers,usually attached to a building as a porch.❞
power over versus power with (POvsPW)Popularized in paganism by Starhawk, it’s another version of Golden Rule. See also allies not servants
It’s not practical to hold someone responsible unless they were there, of age, and participating
- Outer Grudge Boundary - the birthday of your oldest grandparent. There’s nothing you can do about anything before that
- Middle Grudge Boundary - the day you were born
- Inner Grudge Boundary - your eighteenth birthday or age of consent. There’s nothing you should do about anything before that
pragmaThe long standing love that develops between longtime lovers like a husband and wife. One of the Greek ideals of love. See love
precautionary principleIt’s better to mitigate or avoid actions that might harm the environment even if the consequences are not known and with the burden of proof falling on those who propose to act.
Ultimately flawed and curiously selective.
Just one example, not a single solution to “climate change” could be justified under the precautionary principle.
I’ve studied enough science to know that it’s always about the tradeoffs.
praxis❝1.practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills.
2.convention, habit, or custom.
3.a set of examples for practice.❞
contrast with episteme and theoria
privilegesIt's one of the simplest human guidelines. Everyone shares a right. You don't have it unless the other does.
Privileges exclude people. Only some get privileges. Privileges are not rights, and rights are not privileges.
It's why there are human rights. Most muddy the waters and call privileges rights. Black rights? Christian rights? Police rights? These do not exist. These are privileges that rule out whole classes of people.
Everybody shares a right. See Golden Rule, parity test
Pyrex❝By the late 1800s, the process for making it had been refined, and in 1915, a famous line of borosilicate kitchen products was released under the Pyrex label. Because it is stronger and more durable than conventional glass, it has a number of far reaching uses.❞ See also borosilicate
quantitative easingImagine you have 20 pieces of paper. This guy comes along and offers you 83 pieces of paper for your 20 pieces of paper. Now if those 20 pieces of paper are five dollar bills, and those 83 pieces of paper are one dollar bills you have a problem.
More paper has been added to the system without any more value. In fact, you have lost value because of the transaction costs and because that money is selectively being channeled to "the appropriate channels”.
Queen of Hearts syndrome
❝Sentence first — verdict afterwards.❞
— The Queen of Hearts, Alice In Wonderland
❝Playing with the queen of hearts
Knowing it ain't really smart
The joker ain't the only fool
Who'll do anything for you❞
— Juice Newton, Queen of Hearts
I was talking with some folks the other day and we decided to call it the Queen of Hearts symdrome after the line in Alice in Wonderland. A few rounds later (I stuck with lime water), someone remembered the Juice Newton song and there was off-key singing.
The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that this is the SJW goal, especially when it comes to rape accusations.
"Sentence first – verdict later."
There's no reason or reprieve or review allowed. The accusation is the conviction. And if you dare suggest that the accuser is anything other than a victim saint, then you must be punished severely.
religionUsually a system, faith is the juice that makes the system go.
respectability politicsAs dozens of televangelists, hundreds of politicos, and the Cosby case show, if you are going to talk the talk you’d better walk the walk first. Manifest it before you talk about it
see also logos, pathos, ethos, and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modes_of_persuasion
— Research inspired by an entry at Chas Clifton's Letter from Hardscrabble Creek
❝1. (in writing or speech) the undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast.
2. the art or science of all specialized literary uses of language in prose or verse, including the figures of speech.
3. the study of the effective use of language.
4. the ability to use language effectively.
5. the art of prose in general as opposed to verse.
6. the art of making persuasive speeches; oratory.
7. (in classical oratory) the art of influencing the thought and conduct of an audience.❞
Rule of Three (Ro3)(gods, there are a bunch)
- Start by listening. Before you say anything, listen again. Just to make sure you understand, listen again.
- Ask questions. Question the answers. Question your questions.
- Say only one thing for every three things they say
- Let people discover truth before you speak. Make sure the truth is necessary before you speak. Judge if the listener is worthy of truth before you speak.
- If you find information on the internet, verify it with three offline, reputable, and independent sources and experiment BEFORE you depend on it
- To ease your pain and shame, share it separately with three people you trust
- Test it thrice
- Honor expects three warnings before you act
- Words matter. Actions matter more. Intentions don’t.
- Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay.
- What you think you know is not what you need to know. Where you are is not where you need to be. Who you believe you are is not who you were meant to be.
- Books aren't destinations, they're signposts. Like it or not, you still make the journey yourself. You can always go further than the book can carry you.
- Don’t hold someone responsible unless they were present, of age, and participating. See Practical Grudge Limit
- initiate — celebrate — operate
- It’s not a real party unless it lasts three days
Passive state where learned scripts and behavioral maps govern behavior. Most people hide and let the Robot go through life for them. Bringing someone out of Robot can be a challenge. It usually takes an out of the ordinary peak experience with enough “oomph” to upset the Robot’s programing. See The Robot
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